invisiblelad:

ANew York Timesstorythis week highlighted a challenge facing journalists covering the activities of the religious right movement. How do you cover an extremist like the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer?

Fischer is a primary spokesperson for the American Family Association. His radio show is a continuously erupting volcano of bigotry, bile and bullying. He shows the utter lack of concern for the truth that characterizes the Obama-hating right wing. He defines irresponsible extremism in the public arena. Fischer does not deserve to be treated as a credible spokesperson. In a more reasonable world, he would simply be ignored.

Unfortunately, though, in the world we live in, Fischer and the American Family Association sometimes do real harm, in ways that merit news coverage.

One of the AFA’s latest targets is an anti-bullying program that has been used by more than 2,500 schools. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is designed to break down barriers between groups of students by assigning seating for lunch one day. The idea is that schools can diminish bullying and the power of social cliques by encouraging students to talk with someone they might not normally speak to.

As theNew York Timesreported, the AFA this year launched a campaign against Mix It Up at Lunch Day by telling parents that the project is designed to “promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools.” Not true. Even Fischer admitted to theTimesthat the suggested activities for Mix It Up Day do not address LGBT issues. But, he said, the pro-equality positions of the program’s sponsor, the Southern Poverty Law Center, somehow poison the program. Other religious right groups have opposed anti-bullying programs withsimilarly bogus claims.

The real news in the story is that some 200 schools have cancelled their participation in Mix It Up Day. Even if only a portion of those withdrawals were a result of the AFA campaign, it seems that some school officials are either taking the AFA at its word or just deciding it’s not worth standing up to the group’s bullying. That is bad news for students and schools.

TheTimes story quoted an SPLC spokesperson and school officials saying Fischer was lying about the program — something that should be useful for parents and educators responding to the AFA’s attempt to stir controversy over what should be a non-controversial event. The article also made it clear that what is really going on here is the American Family Association seeking to take revenge against the SPLC for designating the AFA as a hate group based on its long record of false and defamatory rhetoric.

And that’s where something important was missing from the story. Fischer was quoted saying, “The reality is we are not a hate group. We are a truth group.” Also reported was the AFA’s ludicrous claim that the SPLC is a hate group for “oppressing Christian students.”

So now we have two advocacy groups in effect calling each other haters and liars. Readers who don’t already know these two groups should be given some way to evaluate those claims.

Even a cursory look at Bryan Fischer’s hit parade — exhaustively documented by People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch blog and in an in-depth report on Fischer — makes it clear that his claims should not just be taken with a grain of salt, but rejected outright as the ravings of an unhinged zealot. Fischer claims that:

• The First Amendment was designed to protect only Christians. Islam is not protected by First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty. In fact, he has said, no mosques should be allowed to be built in the U.S. Muslims should be forcibly converted to Christianity or deported.

• People who criticize his bigotry are enemies of free speech and religious liberty. Those who call attention to what he says on his nationally broadcast program are “cyberstalkers

• President Obama nurtures hatred for the United States, and hatred for “the white man.”

• Progressives are unpatriotic, un-American, enemies of God. They hate freedom of religion and free speech. They hate the Declaration of Independence. Satan himself is the source of liberals’ dislike for Sarah Palin.

• Gay people are Nazis — literally and figuratively. He blames gay people for the Nazi Party and the Holocaust. He says gay Americans are just like Nazis in their hostility to freedom of speech and religious liberty. He thinks gay people should not be allowed to hold public office — that homosexual behavior should be illegal.

• Political and military leaders officials who disagree with him on allowing gay members of the armed forces to serve openly are “treasonous.”

• African Americans “rut like rabbits.”

• Native Americans deserved to be killed or forced off their lands because they were not Christian and some resisted conversion. They are still being punished by God because some “cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity.”

And there’s much, much, more.

So, in one corner, we have the Southern Poverty Law Center, backed by decades of research on extremism in the U.S. and the well-earned respect of journalists and the law enforcement community. And in the other, a blowhard whose record of inaccurate and inflammatory rhetoric should shame every pandering politician who appears on his show. That’s something readers should know.


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"In 2009, a federal appeals court ruled that Anthony Haynes should get a new trial on the claim of racial discrimination during jury selection. Only one of the 12 jurors at his original trial was African-American after the prosecutor had summarily dismissed four of six black prospective jurors.

But the Supreme Court overturned the appeal court’s ruling saying to let it stand would have “important implications”.

Judicial misconduct also tainted the proceedings – the judge who oversaw the jury selection process had been dismantling and cleaning two guns in full view of would-be jurors. He was later reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, but Anthony Haynes’ death sentence was allowed to stand.

Among those appealing for clemency is Haynes’ father, a retired Assistant Chief Investigator with the Houston Fire Department:

“The execution of my son by the State of Texas will have a devastating effect on my whole life….Since Anthony is my only child, one of my main purposes for living will be taken away from me by his execution. I am asking you to spare my son’s life, because I know the decisions he made as a teenager are not the decisions he has made as a man. My son is a changed person who has a heart of remorse for taking Sgt. Kincaid’s life.”"

Read More at this link [WARNING for more talk of racism, prison industrial complex, executions]

Anthony Haynes is due to be executed TOMORROW [Oct. 18].

*** links/info for contacting Texas Governor Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles about this ***

Stop the Execution of Anthony Haynes in Texas (email campaign) [WARNING: talk of racism/prison industrial complex]

Anthony Haynes faces execution on 18 October (email campaign) [same Warning as above]

Board of Pardons and Paroles contact info

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
P. O. Box 13401
Austin, Texas 78711-3401
BPP-PIO@tcdj.state.tx.us

Central Offices

AUSTIN LOCATIONS

209 West 14th Street, Suite 500
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 463-8120

8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5452
Fax: (512) 467-0945

HUNTSVILLE LOCATION

1300 11th Street, Suite 520
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0599
Phone: (936) 291-2161
Fax: (936) 291-8367

Gov. Perry contact info

Mailing:
  P.O. Box 12428
  Austin, TX 78711
Street:
  State Capitol Bldg.
  1100 Congress, Room 2S.1
  Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-2000
(800) 843-5789
Fax: (512) 463-1849
Contact via Email
Contact
Website
Staff Listing

some online free faxing places:

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Al Jazeera is your only source on the Middle East and North Africa? Let me help you. Take a seat.

sharquaouia:

Ever since a member of the Qatari royal family took charge of the network, coverage was getting a bit weird. Don’t get me wrong, Al Jazeera can do some fantastic coverage on various matters in the region, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also did an amazing job in the initial coverage on the Egyptian revolution. It’s all good. The Stream is also a great show, but only gets 30 minutes a day, which sucks.

Anyways, it’s been getting shady. Especially when they canceled the showing of a documentary on Morocco’s pro-democracy movement for no apparent reason. That was the last straw for me. 

So! Here’s a list of English sources on the Middle East and North Africa. Most of them are just publications.

  • Jadaliyya: Amazing analysis from the top scholars and academics in every field pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. Politics, culture, religion, gender studies—you name it. You can’t really be studying MENA politics without having read something from here.
  • Al Akhbar: The English version of one of the most prominent newspapers in Lebanon. They cover all things in the region though. Mostly newsy, but there are quality op-ed pieces and weekly blogposts from prominent voices. 
  • Tunisia Live: They launched after the Tunisian Revolution and cover all things Tunisia. They also occasionally post pieces pertaining to other parts of the region, namely North Africa. 
  • Arabist: Yes, this is a blog, but an amazing blog. Even if all you’re checking out is the weekly link roundup, that’s enough news to keep you updated. Most of the posts are on Egypt, but there is a sprinkle of other countries. 
  • Magharebia: Okay, they’re funded by AFRICOM, yes. But they are one of the few sites that consistently publishes content on the Greater Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Western Sahara). It’s basic coverage, but if you come across a story that intrigues you, just do some more research. 
  • Ahram Online: The English version of the “first newspaper in the Middle East.” It’s based in Egypt and provides coverage throughout the region. 

This is a very basic list, and I’ll probably add to it. Though, with these alone, I’m confident you’ll stay informed and up to date on the ever-changing stories and situations in the Middle East and North Africa. All of the above sources are based from the region and/or have writers and editors based or are from the region. 

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Dee Dee Pearson, 31, of Kansas City Killed on Christmas Eve night

[News reports on the murders of trans women are transmisogynist as they are rife with misgendering, using the wrong name, and stating the killers’ claims of what happened as if they were fact.  I have rewritten the news report of the Christmas Eve death of a Kansas City trans woman, found here, to correct these biases.]

Late on Christmas Eve night, the body of Dee Dee Pearson, 31, was found fatally shot inside an apartment in the 1000 block of East 43rd Street of Kansas City, Missouri.  Sergeant Stacey Graves of the Kansas City Police said police were dispatched shortly before 11:30pm on report of a shooting.

Kenyan E Jones, 26, also of Kansas City, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.  Prosecutors are seeking a $250,000 cash only bond.

According to court documents, Jones told police he paid to have sexual relations with Ms Pearson, believing her to be a cis woman, but hours after having sex with her, discovered she was not.  Angry by what he considered to be a deception, he got a 9mm-caliber handgun, found Ms Pearson, chased her three blocks to her front door, and killed her there.  There has been no independent verification that Ms Pearson was a sex worker or that Jones’ story is otherwise true.

Catherine Tronnes, a neighbour reported hearing a single gunshot, a pause, and then five or six more gunshots in an interview with a local television station.

Court documents further indicate that witnesses identified Jones as a man who was seen in the area.

Investigators recovered Jones’ cell phone on which he had recorded some of his encounter with the victim, according to court reports.

Court reports also indicated that Jones has a history of drug-related offences.

At the doorway to Dee Dee Pearson’s apartment, where police believe the shooting took place, a memorial has sprung up.  Included among the flowers and messages is a card that reads, “Dee Dee, You will always be alive to me as long as I breathe”.

There was no information on when or where a memorial service or funeral for Ms Pearson will be taking place.

bohemianarthouse:

Top 10 Most Censored Stories of 2011

anti-propaganda:

#10 Statistical Games with the Unemployment Rate. At Information Clearing House, Greg Hunter showed that instead of 9%, the real unemployment rate is over 22%.


#9 Chemtrails. Atmospheric Geoengineering: Weather Manipulation, Contrails and Chemtrails, July 10, 2010.


#8 The Truth on Nuclear Power. The Union of Concerned Scientists published a report describing 14 near-miss nuclear accidents in 2010 in the US. (One is Fort Calhoun, which I covered here and here.) Other nuclear pieces mentioned in this category include Jeff Goodell’s “America’s Nuclear Nightmare” at Rolling Stone.


#7 U.S. Army and psychology’s largest experiment – ever. Horrified by war? Be positive! A series of APA articles describing and promoting a program of “psychological resilience” is confronted by Roy Eidelson, Marc Pilisuk and Stephen Soldz at Truthout.


#6 Google Spies for CIA, US Military. In January 2010, Eric Sommer wrote “Google’s Deep CIA Connections” for Pravda.ru.


#5 Prison Companies Fund Anti-Immigrant Legislation. Exposed in depth by Peter Cervantes-Gautschi at AlterNet, Wall Street is profiting from immigrant lock-ups.


#4 Wall Street Engineers Food Crisis. On March 24, 2011, David Moberg wrote “Diet Hard: With a Vengeance” for In These Times showing that speculating on food commodities, along with income inequality, cause hunger – not lack of production.


#3 Obama’s Extrajudicial Hit List. State sanctioned assassinations outside the scope of law is somehow okay by this dictator. This is an under-reported story later covered by Glenn Greenwald atSalon and William Fisher at IPS. Originally titled “Death by Drone: ‘CIA’s hitlist is murder’,” IPS later changed it to “Death by Remote: But Is It Legal?”


#2 Army of Fake Personas to Promote Propaganda. Two sites broke the story on Feb. 22, 2011: Darlene Storm at Computer World and Stephen Webster at Raw Story. In March, Guardian writers Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain covered it.


#1 US Soldier Suicides Exceed Combat Deaths in 2010. Cord Jefferson broke the story on Jan. 27, 2011 at Iceland’s Good Magazine.

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discoverynews:

Three Women Share Nobel Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian “peace warrior” Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize.

“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” added Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland.

Read more

Also, if you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend this film about Sirleaf’s first year in office, flanked by a mostly female cabinet.

Inspiring

Awesome women.

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zerofailure:

lucypaw:

inothernews:

From the New York Daily News:

Scores of protesters were arrested in Manhattan Saturday as a march against social inequality turned violent.

Hundreds of people carrying banners and chanting “shame, shame” walked between Zuccotti Park, near Wall St., and Union Square calling for changes to a financial system they say unjustly benefits the rich and harms the poor.

At least 80 people were carted away in police vehicles and up to five were hit with pepper spray near 12th St. and Fifth Ave., where tensions became especially high, police and organizers said.

The National Lawyer’s Guild, which is providing legal assistance to the protesters, put the number of arrests at 100.

Witnesses said they saw three stunned women collapse on the ground screaming after they were sprayed in the face.

A video posted on YouTube and NYDailyNews.com shows uniformed officers had corralled the women using orange nets when two supervisors made a beeline for the women, and at least one suddenly sprayed the women before turning and quickly walking away.

Footage of other police altercations also circulated online, but it was unclear what caused the dramatic mood shift in an otherwise peaceful demonstration.

“I saw a girl get slammed on the ground. I turned around and started screaming,” said Chelsea Elliott, 25, from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who said she was sprayed. “I turned around and a cop was coming … we were on the sidewalk and we weren’t doing anything illegal.”

Police said 80 protesters were arrested or ticketed at multiple locations for disorderly conduct, blocking traffic and failure to obey a lawful order but the number could rise.

If the NYPD’s excuse for this disgusting behavior — which should make decent police officers anywhere cringe with shame — is that the protestors didn’t have a permit, then fuck that.  Of course, Mayor Bloomberg is probably off in Bermuda on his usual weekend getaway, so neither he nor his police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, won’t have to be held accountable for these wanton acts of police brutality until Monday.  At least.

For shame.

(Photo: Jefferson Siegel / Daily News)

Unfuck the police.

There needs to be more info out there on defending yourself during a protest. These things need much more organization and people who are easily spotted as being there for legal aid. I know that when NYPD pulls out something like a net or barricades that means it’s time to tighten up the group and get very close together so they cannot corral people into smaller groups causing said smaller groups to eventually push back (after being pressed together to the point of not being able to move).

Useful info.

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inothernews:

From the New York Daily News:

Scores of protesters were arrested in Manhattan Saturday as a march against social inequality turned violent.

Hundreds of people carrying banners and chanting “shame, shame” walked between Zuccotti Park, near Wall St., and Union Square calling for changes to a financial system they say unjustly benefits the rich and harms the poor.

At least 80 people were carted away in police vehicles and up to five were hit with pepper spray near 12th St. and Fifth Ave., where tensions became especially high, police and organizers said.

The National Lawyer’s Guild, which is providing legal assistance to the protesters, put the number of arrests at 100.

Witnesses said they saw three stunned women collapse on the ground screaming after they were sprayed in the face.

A video posted on YouTube and NYDailyNews.com shows uniformed officers had corralled the women using orange nets when two supervisors made a beeline for the women, and at least one suddenly sprayed the women before turning and quickly walking away.

Footage of other police altercations also circulated online, but it was unclear what caused the dramatic mood shift in an otherwise peaceful demonstration.

“I saw a girl get slammed on the ground. I turned around and started screaming,” said Chelsea Elliott, 25, from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who said she was sprayed. “I turned around and a cop was coming … we were on the sidewalk and we weren’t doing anything illegal.”

Police said 80 protesters were arrested or ticketed at multiple locations for disorderly conduct, blocking traffic and failure to obey a lawful order but the number could rise.

If the NYPD’s excuse for this disgusting behavior — which should make decent police officers anywhere cringe with shame — is that the protestors didn’t have a permit, then fuck that.  Of course, Mayor Bloomberg is probably off in Bermuda on his usual weekend getaway, so neither he nor his police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, won’t have to be held accountable for these wanton acts of police brutality until Monday.  At least.

For shame.

(Photo: Jefferson Siegel / Daily News)

Unfuck the police.

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sexgenderbody:

ladyatheist:

saynathespiffy:

hatefulatheist:

Seriously Alabama? Now I know that being stuck in church every Sunday morning for many feels like jail but how can they really be allowed to do something like this? What’s the alternative for anyone of no faith or with a religion that doesn’t use a traditional church or one that you can’t find in a small town in Alabama? This makes absolutely no sense to me, but that’s probably because I’m trying to look at it from the logical, reasonable, realistic side of things.

The city judge in Bay Minette (AL) will let misdemeanor offenders choose to work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine; or go to church every Sunday for a year.

If offenders select church, they’ll be allowed to pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and police.

If the one-year church attendance program is completed, the offender’s case will be dismissed.

Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland says the program could change the lives of people heading down the wrong path. So far, 56 churches are participating.

Wow, Alabama. Have you not heard of the First Amendment?

Really?

I’d insist that they let me join a pastafarian or satanic church or something.

Has someone talked to FFRF about this?

oh, motherfuck.  here come the goddamn dark ages all over again.  church as state and everyone’s lives in the hands of delusional cardinals pretending to be god and engorging themselves off the labor of teeming masses of illiterate poor.

What.  The.  Fuck.

numol:

Hi everyone, here are a few updates on the progress of CeCe’s case, and how you can support her!

1. Court/legal update
2. Bail money and collateral needed!
3. Upcoming meetings and community events
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1. **Court/legal update**
This morning in court, CeCe’s bail was reduced to $75,000 with the following conditions: electronic home monitoring; no contact with witnesses; no drug and alcohol use; and remain law abiding. Her trial date was set for January 9th.

2. **Bail money and collateral needed!**
Now that CeCe’s bail has been reduced, we want to move as quickly as possible to get her out of jail! We need to raise $7,500 immediately to cover the costs of her bond. WE ARE ALSO SEEKING COLLATERAL, which is necessary in order to be able to bond her out. Collateral would be a house or other asset of similar value; if you have something like that and you’d consider putting it up to make it possible for CeCe to be out of jail pending trial, please let us know! Contact mpls4cece@gmail.com or call Katie at 612-363-7574. (Funds are also needed for commissary and other related incarceration costs.) Find info about making donations here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/donate

3. **Upcoming meetings and community events**

*September 30: Purple House Open House Fundraiser for CeCe and Movie Showing. The Purple House will be screening Meu Brazil (My Brazil), a documentary film by Daniela Broitman about community leaders from the slums of Rio De Janeiro who travel to the Fifth World Social Forum.
8 pm at 3155 14th Ave S., Mpls.

*October 15: Fundraising dinner for CeCe and Carlos Montes. Details TBA.

*October 16: Black, Brown, and Queer All Over, at The Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)! This event is a queer and trans hip hop concert for The Exchange and CeCe. Featuring Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Heidi Barton Stink, ZaVawn Carre, Chey Bryant, House of Bordeaux, and more!

*There are media/outreach meetings at 6 pm at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls) every other Thursday at 6 pm. The next one is October 6th.

*and…the next general CeCe Support Committee Meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month thereafter. Also at the Exchange (3405 Chicago Ave S, Mpls)

details on what she’s been through/going through are here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

Reblogging in case anyone missed it.

numol:

this was posted yesterday.  it’s probably too late but posting this now anyway [sorry].  and AFAIK you could still donate if possible.

Good news: CeCe is OUT of solitary!! Thanks to everyone who called the jail!

You can stop the calls now, but her hearing is still happening tomorrow, so please come and help us PACK THE COURTROOM. We want her to see how much love and support she has, when she makes her appearance.

*When: September 22nd, gather at 8:30am (hearing at 9:00)
*Where: Hennepin County Government Center – 300 6th Street South, Mpls

info on what happened to her is here (link) [WARNINGS: systemic & personal violence against a black trans woman — assault/cissexism/racism/misogyny/racist slurs/misgendering/victim-blaming/abuse in prison]

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cydne-should-be-sleeping:

tooyoungforthelivingdead:

droppingthefbomb:

Oh Fuck of Metro. 

This is not a gender-confused boy going back to school

The headlines needs to be changed to: 
 Girl goes back to school recognised as who she is.


just goes to show the state of entrenchment of the gender-sex identification in our society that even when the mother uses “she” as a pronoun and the whole gender dysphoria part, they still describe her as a “boy” solely because of her body

education, y’all

In the Daily Mail they had a quote from the mother saying ‘my daughter’ and they’d put ‘[the boy]’ next to it.

The Daily Fail fails again.

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dopegirlfresh:

strugglingtobeheard:

fatqueernerd:

gaywrites:

A college in Texas is being sued for refusing to interview a candidate for a teaching position because administrators discovered she is gay. 

Jacqueline Gill is a Ph.D. student and a former high school teacher who was hired as a temporary instructor in 2009 at Tarrant County College. She was told at the time that temporary teachers generally transition to permanent positions. 

Though Gill was generally considered a talented and dedicated teacher, she was falsely accused of “flirting with girls in class,” a rumor spread by a student in retaliation after Gill punished the student for academic dishonesty.

The department chair told her that the school “does not like homosexuals.” Towards the end of her contract, she was not allowed to interview for a permanent teaching position. Now she’s suing the school, being co-represented by Lambda Legal and another attorney.

“I’m a good teacher and I work hard,” Gill said in a statement Thursday. “But none of that mattered once Eric Devlin suspected that I’m a lesbian. While I have never hidden my sexual orientation, neither have I ever told anyone on campus that I am gay. My partner and I have been together for over 12 years and we’re both Texas natives. Finding a job these days is hard enough — no one should have to go through something like this.”

I can’t believe this. 

Tarrant County is generally conservative as hell so this doesn’t surprise me. This incident also happened in Tarrant County a little over 2 years ago.

What bullshit. It’s funny though (not like haha but you know) how the asshole could have kept his mouth shut and not said anything and got away with the discrimination much easier. People have to get real robust with their hate and legally put themselves in a jam when they forget their positions. I hope she gets what she deserves!

again, i am not nearly as pressed about queer ppl being able to legally marry when shit like THIS is still the widely-accepted norm. fuck. 

Agreed.  Marriage doesn’t mean much when you can’t have an income.